School board members and district officials (above) dig into ground Tuesday night at the high school. They wore hard hats for the occasion but, no, the fit wasn’t perfect (below).
POTTSTOWN PA – In a less-than-30-minute ceremony that school board President Justin Valentine said represented eight earlier years of work, the Pottsgrove School District officially broke ground Tuesday night (June 10, 2014) for its renovations of the high school building on Kauffman Road.
The roughly $30 million dollar project will take contractors three years to complete. They will add new classrooms, science facilities and a gymnasium; expand the cafeteria, enhance security, and otherwise re-make the decades-old structure into an updated learning environment for students, Superintendent Shellie Feola said.
Members of the high school concert band played upbeat tunes to mark the occasion. District officials, teachers, architects’ and contractors’ representatives, the presidents of each high school class, and the public chatted and laughed as they awaited the inevitable speeches and literal dirt-throwing that accompany such events.
The current Board of School Directors was soon called to the front of the high school entrance to pick up shovels and dig into a neatly piled semi-circle of soft earth. They wore ill-fitting helmets but sincere smiles as cameras snapped away, and then broke for refreshments before heading into back-to-back committee and full board meetings.
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